Category Archives: Do-More Designer

Automation Direct programming software Do-More Designer with and integrated simulator. This is offered free of charge.

BRX Do-More PLC High-Speed Input Timer


The High-Speed discrete inputs can be configured to measure the amount of time between pulses. When you want a scaled value representing a speed or rate, the high-speed input timer is a better option for pulse rates below 5 kHz. This is compared to using the high-speed input pulse counting selection.
BRX Do-More PLC High-Speed Input Timer
The BRX Do-More series of programmable logic controllers have built-in high-speed inputs. These inputs can function in Counter, Timer, or Pulse Catch modes. Every CPU will have either 6 or 10 high-speed inputs (HSI) available depending on the model. These inputs can be used for input frequencies from 0 to 250Khz. 250Khz represents 250000 input counts per second that can be coming from devices connected to your PLC like an encoder. Due to the speed of the inputs, they function on the BRX Do-More PLC asynchronous with the PLC scan time.
We will continue looking at the high-speed inputs on our BRX Do-More PLC, by looking at the pulse timer mode. Previously we looked at the high-speed count mode of the PLC. We scaled the count to display RPM (Revolutions per Minute). Scaling the edge trigger timer from our incremental encoder, we will scale and compare the RPM from last time. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Do-More PLC – EasyPLC Box Selection Program


The Machine Simulator (MS) is part of the EasyPLC software suite. It has many built-in machines that can be programmed. The box selection (camera management and distribution) is one of these machines. It will read barcodes from the boxes and send them to different exit ramps. The Do-More Designer PLC Simulator will be used to program this virtual machine.
Do-More PLC – EasyPLC Box Selection Program
Using the Do-More Designer PLC software, we will connect the simulator to the box selection machine. This will be done using Modbus TCP (Ethernet) for communications. Using the five steps for program development we will show how this is programmed. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!

Do-More Designer Element Browser


The element browser in the Do-More Designer software will display valid memory locations, add documentation, and show how to cast from one memory type to another.
Do-More Designer Element Browser
We will be discussing the element browser and how to take advantage of this in your Do-More program. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Do-More PLC Node-RED HTTP Request


Node-RED HTTP Request can be used to read any BRX Do-More PLC memory area. This HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) communication will only read information from our controller.
Do-More PLC Node-RED HTTP Request
The BRX Do-More REST API is used to read information using a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or web address. We will be using the HTTP request node in Node-RED to read information from our BRX Do-More REST API-enabled controller. Writing using Modbus will also be shown. This will all be done on our Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages


We will now look at creating BRX Do-More dynamic web pages on our PLC web server. These pages are great for operator information display. A dynamic web page is a web page that displays different content each time it’s viewed. For example, the page may change with the time of day, the user that accesses the web-page, or the type of user interaction. There are two types of dynamic web pages.
Client-Side Scripting – Web pages that change in response to an action within that web page, such as a mouse, keyboard action, or timer, use client-side scripting. Scripting languages such as JavaScript will allow this updated content to your users.
Server Side Scripting – Web pages that change when a web page is loaded or visited use server-side scripting. Login pages, forums, and shopping carts are examples of server-side scripting. PHP, ASP, Perl, and ASP.Net, are some of the languages that can be used.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Previously we enabling the HTTP web server, set the whitelist, and reviewed the website on our BRX Do-More PLC. We will be using JavaScript in our HTML web page to create dynamic content for our BRX Do-More PLC. These pages will be stored on the SD memory card and transferred to the RAM memory upon powering up our BRX Do-More PLC. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

BRX Do-More PLC to Modbus TCP RTU Remote IO BX-MBIO

The BRX Do-More PLC can communicate to a remote I/O (input and output) controller modules using the Modbus protocol for communications. The BX-MBIO provides both Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP interfaces. Modbus RTU is a serial communication and Modbus TCP is an Ethernet communication. Modbus RTU is supported over an RS-485 serial connection. Modbus TCP is supported over an Ethernet connection. They function as listening/replying devices (slave, server) and can connect with any mastering (master, client) device that communicates using the Modbus protocol.
Previously we looked at the BX-MBIO Modbus RTU TCP Remote IO Controller wiring and configuration.
Modbus RTU TCP Remote IO Controller BX-MBIO
BX-MBIO Hardware Video
BX-MBIO Powering and Configuring Video
brx do-more plc modbus remote io
We will connect the BRX Do-More PLC to the Modbus remote IO. This will be done using the Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU protocol. Ethernet and serial RS485 communication to the BX-MBIO unit will be the media.
The BX-MBIO remote I/O expansion units feature the following:
• RJ45 Ethernet port for communications via Modbus TCP
• RS485 serial port for communications via Modbus RTU
• Supports up to 8 additional Expansion Modules (Add the discrete or analog I/O you require)
• AC and DC powered units available
• AC powered units include an integral 24VDC auxiliary output power supply
• Power connector and serial port connector included
Let’s get started. Continue Reading!